Cyanogen wants to take Android away from Google, and it looks like Microsoft is more than happy to help it along with a US$70 million investment in the company. While the amount makes Redmond a minority investor in the company, there is a sense that Microsoft would like nothing more than to loosen Google’s grip on the world’s most widespread operating system.
Youtube has taken the initiative to move over to the HTML5 platform for its video library and it has finally announced that it’s ready for public release. Users who use Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 and Beta Firefox will now be served with a HTML5 version of Youtube by default.
Earlier today, Apple announced its financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter that ended in 27 December 2014. The company reports US$74.6 billion in revenue earning and US$18 billion in profit in the past 3 months. If you’re not familiar with the numbers, it’s very, very impressive, and it’s mainly thanks to iPhone sales, as well as its performance in China.
The Chinese government has managed to convince Apple to turn over their source code to assuage fears of secret backdoors and spying. This brings many years of pressure from the government to an end, although the move could have also have been prompted by US whistleblower Edward Snowden’s comments about the iPhone last week.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has a new plan for enforcing net neutrality in the US, and it involves forcing Apple and Android app developers to build apps for BlackBerry devices. While he named iMessage and Netflix specifically, Chen appears to believe that it should apply to all content in the mobile space.